Now is the Time to Prevent Construction Accidents Related to Hurricane Irene, Says New York Construction Accident Lawyer

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New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on New York City's response to Hurricane Irene.

After a shutdown was ordered on all work at construction sites in New York City, buildings inspectors checked construction sites to make sure equipment was secure and any loose materials were removed or tied down. This inspection included cranes, scaffolding, hoists and anything else that could come loose in heavy wind and rain.

“Construction sites need to prepare for hurricanes and high winds in order to prevent construction site related injury to construction workers and-or passerby,” said New York construction accident lawyer Perecman, a New York construction accident lawyer for over 30 years.

Construction sites need to have a detailed plan in place for dealing with unusual situations such as a hurricane.

“Safety plans should identify the types of weather events that may occur at the construction jobsite. This should include severe weather like tropical storms or hurricanes, even if they are rare weather conditions in New York,” construction accident lawyer Perecman said. “As we saw with Hurricane Irene, New York needs to be prepared for all types of weather. And simply saying that you may face severe weather isn’t enough. Owners and site managers need to drill down to the specific hazards.”

Following winds of hurricane strength, New York construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s construction accident law firms, recommend that construction sites and equipment are thoroughly checked for damage which might impact the safety of employees returning to the job site.

“Construction companies need to have sites checked by safety inspectors for potentially dangerous conditions. In addition to endangering the safety of construction workers on the sites, hazardous conditions can also injure passersby in New York,” construction accident lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, said.

To prevent construction accidents, OSHA requires inspection of equipment during and after periods of extreme weather conditions. If equipment poses a safety hazard, it must be taken out of operation and repaired before any work continues.

“Following Irene and any other severe weather conditions, machinery and equipment must be inspected prior to use and during use, to make sure it is in safe operating condition,” explained Perecman, the former head New York construction accident lawyer for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a lecturer on construction accident law.

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